Search All of the Math Forum:
Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by
NCTM or The Math Forum.



Re: Godels theorems end in paradox
Posted:
Feb 3, 2013 10:09 AM


"christian.bau" <christian.bau@cbau.wanadoo.co.uk> writes:
> You'd have to translate what you state into a mathematical formula. > That's what Gödel did; he translated "there is a mathematical proof > for Theorem X" into a mathematical formula. No mathematical formula, > no Gödel theorem, no paradox. Gödel's theorem applies to mathematics, > not to handwaving arguments.
As an account of the first incompleteness theorem this is of course a huge improvement over Australia's leading erotic poet's attempt, but taken literally  and when it comes to these matters we should strive to say things that are, literally speaking, true and accurate  it is more or less nonsense nevertheless.
 Aatu Koskensilta (aatu.koskensilta@uta.fi)
"Wovon man nicht sprechen kann, darüber muss man schweigen"  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus LogicoPhilosophicus



